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Bunny Poo - One of the BEST Organic Fertilizers 
 
May 26, 2012 7:11 am 
Updated: Jun. 5, 2012 9:55 am
This blog is posted because a thread recentley brought up the subject of using bunny poo fertilizer. I have a bunny and one of the ways I support my favorite rescue group for rabbits is to write articles for their bi-annual newsletter. Below is the piece I wrote. My sincere apologies are extended to anyone who finds this inappropriate or offensive.

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If you are reading this newsletter I would think it's safe to say you are a rabbit owner or is it that a rabbit owns you!   But did you know that rabbits produce the best organic fertilizer for both outdoor gardens and indoor plants.  Yes its true ... rabbit pooh has the highest nitrogen content of all the manures and is very rich in phosphoric acid, two vital nutrients for healthy plant growth.  Unlike other animal manures it can be used right away and will not burn plant roots because rabbit manure is considered a "cold manure" not needing to be composted to use safely unlike "hot manures" which are from cows, horses, sheep, goats and chickens and do need composting.  Rabbit manure acts like little time released capsules because of their slow breakdown. Simply toss into your garden or plants, turn it into the soil or add it to your compost.  If the thought of seeing rabbit pooh in your garden or house plants is a problem you can also make a tea by soaking approximately 4 cups of pooh in 1 gallon of water.  Let steep in a warm sunny environment for a few days, strain and use to water plants.  It is safe to assume too you would not be inviting parasites or pathogens to your soil as you would be using droppings from a healthy and parasite free pet.  And did you know red worms love rabbit manure.  Adding some red worms to your rabbit enriched garden or compost pile is like employing a tiny army that works to help aerate the soil which is another plus for plants.  Rabbit manure is sold commercially and can be purchased from several internet sites but why bother when you have your own manufacturer willing and able to supply your needs.  Hoppy gardening!!
 
Comments
EAKE 
May 26, 2012 8:17 am
EXCELLENT and timely blog, Linda!
 
May 26, 2012 11:20 am
Awesome I have learned something. Another Master Gardener told me it was low in nitrogen and I assumed they were correct. However, having had rabbits I knew for a fact their poo wouldn't burn anything. What a great blog! Now if I could just get my hands on some bunny poo. The wild one in the garden doesn't count because he is eating more than he is fertilizing!
 
May 26, 2012 11:32 am
thanks EAKE and Cat Hill! word of caution to all ... I personally would not use wild rabbit droppings as often wild rabbits carry internal parasites. the bunny I have now was a rescue that I found dumped in a field by us and for the short time she was out there she had internal parasites (may too have been the result of an irresponsible breeder). I'm not sure if something can be transmitted to humans but why take the chance.
 
May 26, 2012 11:57 am
At one time, I had 400 rabbits in rotation. I raised them for meat. At the same time I had a very large vegetable garden and the droppings were used directly at planting time and later as a side dressing. In the blossom stage, I would use it to make a liquid fertilizer that I sprayed directly on the foliage. My garden production was phenominal- even during long hot/dry periods. I also allowed it to dry andwould pulverize it aand mix it with compost and sand which made a super starting soil. ... I have never heard of a bunny rescue but I am very happy to hear of it. Pet rabbits are (far to often) treated horribly by the owners with no knowlege of a rabbits requirements. I was often given a rabbit when it became too much for the people and a very quick exam often revealed malnutrition, various injuries and/or psychological problems.
 
petey 
May 26, 2012 2:02 pm
I have been wanting to experiment with raising meat rabbits and I had heard the manure was great, especially for worm farming...I just have too much on my hands to do right now, with all the critters that are already here to take care of. Maybe once I get them lined out. Great blog! Mike...I could use tips when the time arrives!
 
May 26, 2012 4:40 pm
Yes Mike it's true. Most pet rabbits are impluse buys and a new owner has no idea how to care for them and did nothing to educate themselves as to what kind of pet they will be and sadley ... well no need to get into it.
 
May 26, 2012 4:57 pm
LOL, sorry I was joking about the wild bunny poo. Little stinker comes thru and ravages the beans and lettuce. He doesn't leave any poo behind. I like tame rabbits they can be such sweet pets. That is a good tip though about the parasites. Thanks!
 
May 26, 2012 5:18 pm
No need to say sorry Cat Hill. It made me think to mention not to use wild rabbit donations ... I can't assume what other's may know or not. If one happens to be passing thru and leaves a gift I'm sure it wouldn't be all that.
 
May 26, 2012 5:19 pm
Thank you petey ... you reminded me also to look into getting some red worms which I know I could use.
 
May 26, 2012 5:21 pm
Speaking of ravaging a garden Cat Hill, a ground hog did a number on my pathetic blueberry bushes this year that I'm trying so hard to grow up.
 
May 27, 2012 4:19 pm
I went to a customers house a few years ago, and I marveled at his garden, he told me he uses chicken Poo (he had some chickens running around). so one day when I was at another customers house he had a chicken farm, and Gave me all the poo I needed. needless to say for the next few years I had a poofect garden.
 
May 27, 2012 6:25 pm
Oh bugger, I have deer, raccoons, possums, rabbits, atomic moles and then some. I feel like saying "lions, tigers and bears, OH MY"! I wouldn't have thought of the parasites being an issue so it is a good tip. Just like if you have been giving cows or horses antibiotics for illnesses, that should be taken in account before you use that poo in the garden or compost pile. I've been reading that the drugs don't break down. I have to cage my blueberries so the birds and deer don't get them all. Thank heavens no ground hogs. Yet...:)
 
May 28, 2012 7:10 am
What a great blog. I live in Summerlin (Las Vegas) and we have thousands of wild bunnies around. They love my lush lawn and they frequently hang out at night to nibble. When I find their pellets on the driveway, I just sweep them onto my lawn for nutrients. I wonder if they would be safe for other garden items? I am going to try it around my lemon trees:) Thanks for sharing Linda.
 
May 28, 2012 12:51 pm
I would think they would be fine for other garden items. I know they can't hurt. I would not be inclined to use wild rabbit donations in a vegetable garden only because a wild rabbit can have internal parasites and I don't know enough to know if anything can carry through. I'm sure commercial suppliers of rabbit fertilizer do not test all their rabbits so ...
 
May 29, 2012 7:07 am
http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=19816 ....turkey trot works well also. I tried to waise wascally wabbits so many times, but my dogs just do not co operate with me. Many people think it is great to purchase baby rabbits as Easter gifts, then 1 month later, they are trying to get rid of the rabbit. One of my neighbours raises rabbits so we swap a few loads of trot and droppings in the fall.
 
 
 
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